Gulwali Passarlay

Gulwali Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan as a young boy, fleeing the conflict that had claimed his father's life. Now twenty-one years old, he is set to graduate from the University of Manchester with a degree in Social Science. Gulwali is a member of many prestigious political, aid, and youth groups. In 2012 he was invited to carry the Olympic torch.



An extraordinary man - achieving against all oddsJon Snow

The Bookseller

[A] powerful account of a year-long journey to Britain... As a call for Europe and Britain to do more for the world's refugees, the book is as powerful as that harrowing picture of the dead toddler on the beach.
The Times

This is a harrowing but necessary must-read about an exceptional young man.

The Lightless Sky is a heart-rending read that illuminates the plight of unaccompanied minors forced to leave their homes and loved ones. [Passarlay's] fierce intelligence is apparent throughout... His powerful account is a testament to the courage of all those fleeing conflict in search of safety.
The Independent on Sunday

Beautifully written... It should be required reading in British schools.
The Big Issue

A Book of the Year
New Statesman

A story which moved me to tears more than once
Women Together